2020-2021 Evanston Scholastic Tournament Series
2020-2021 Evanston Scholastic Chess Tournament Series
Evanston Scholastic Chess is a group of parent volunteers who have run community-based over-the-board chess tournaments for K-8 students for over 20 years.
Our tournaments are open to any K-8 student who either lives in or goes to school in Evanston, Illinois.
Due to the pandemic, we have moved our annual tournament series online using lichess.org.
Tournament 1: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Tournament 2: Saturday, January 23, 2021
Evanston Girls tournament: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Tournament 3: Saturday, February 27, 2021
Tournament 4 (Evanston Championships): Saturday, March 20, 2021
Time Control: for all players is G/20+3 (20 minutes playing time for each player with 3 seconds added for each move).
Fair Play for Evanston Scholastic Online Tournaments
Most families first meet Evanston Scholastic Chess through our over-the-board tournaments. Children play in a gym or library, supervised and monitored by parents and high school students, and to a certain extent monitored by each other, too.
When COVID arrived, we had to take Evanston Scholastic Chess online. But those of us who have played online know that people who play online sometimes cheat by using the advice of others, books, and most often, chess software. The major online chess sites – Lichess, Chess.com, and Chesskid – all use some form of cheat detection, and they mark or close accounts of players who cheat. This is explicitly stated by each platform. For example the Lichess.org terms of service can be found here: https://lichess.org/terms-of-service. By signing up for Lichess (or having your parent sign you up), you promise to play fair and not use outside assistance.
Evanston Scholastic Chess Tournaments for the 2020-21 School Year
Since we cannot run our annual series of over-the-board chess tournaments at school sites, Evanston Scholastic Chess will hold our tournaments online at lichess.org starting on December 19. We will contact Evanston K-8 families through school coordinators and our Facebook Page when we have complete information about the tournament series.
Our tournament schedule is at right, and it will be updated when the rest of the dates are confirmed. Tournaments are open to all K-8 chess players who live in Evanston or attend an Evanston school.
From April to November we offered practice tournaments online.
Our 2020-2021 tournament series schedule is in the "tournament schedule" box at right. Parents of Evanston school children can find information on how to sign their children up here.